Work experience award open for entries

NCWE Awards

Small firms offering rewarding work experience to students are being invited to compete for a national award.

NCWE Awards

The National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) Awards recognise businesses that provide undergraduates with structured work placements to help students develop the skills that make them employable.

Two of the eleven award categories are aimed specifically at small and medium–sized enterprises – one is for firms with fewer than ten employees and one for firms with between ten and 250 employees.

Small firms will also be eligible to enter the award for businesses which have started placement schemes within the last two years or which take on international students. Two of the other awards are based on nominations by students and careers advisers.

The NCWE is looking for firms that have adopted best practice in their work–placement schemes. NCWE director Heather Collier said:

“Every year our awards grow and we hope this year will be our biggest and best yet,”

Shetland Seafood Auctions won the 2008 award for businesses with fewer than ten employees.

“It has certainly given us a high profile, not only with students and placement organisations, but also within our own industry,” said manager Martin Leyland.

Businesses can enter the NCWE Awards online by filling out an entry form at the NCWE website. Entrants will be assessed solely on their online application, with a maximum of six companies shortlisted in each category.

The deadline for entries for the 2009 awards is 12 December 2008. Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 5 March 2009. The award sponsors include online recruitment firm Changeboard and AGR and GlaxoSmithKline.

To enter the NCWE Awards, visit their website

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